Ridgway State Park is home to the Ridgway Reservoir, one of the main attractions of the park. Even better, it’s located a mere 20 minutes from Ouray. There are many activities both in and around the water that offer nothing but fun for you, your friends, and your family!

Water Activities

The most common activities in the reservoir are the various different water sports.

The Swim Beach

The Ridgway Reservoir has a large area used as a swim beach for families and friends to enjoy to the fullest. Up on the beach are a volleyball net, a wide grassy area for picnicking and setting up chairs or canopies, and even a playground with a slide that reaches the sand.


Ease your motorized boat into the water on the park’s boat ramp and let the fun begin. Because it is a state park, your boat will have to be checked by the park staff for aquatic nuisances like zebra mussels.

Drive your boat out into the lake and go wakeboarding, tubing, or water skiing. Each is a popular, exciting activity you can enjoy in the reservoir.

Kayaks, Canoes, and SUPs

Many bring along a purchased or rented kayak, canoe, or stand up paddleboard (SUP) to have fun on the water. Just remember: anything with a paddle is not allowed in the swim beach area.


Fishing is popular all over the park. It’s possible to fish from the shore, or you can try your hand in the deeper waters and take a boat out on the reservoir. The state park is also home to various river fishing locations.

What To Do Around the Ridgway Reservoir

Hiking, Biking, and Horseback Riding

No matter the season, sate your thirst for adventure with one of the park’s breathtaking trails. The Ridgway State Park has multiple trails of various levels for new or experienced hikers, bikers, and horseback riders.

Don’t know what local activities are available? Need help figuring out what to do? The Ouray Chalet Inn can help. Talk to one of our friendly staff members by calling us at 866-337-3585 to learn more about nearby adventures. Even better, book a room now and come back to the comfort of our inn after a fun all-day activity!